Wagging tails and perfect companions
Many shelter and rescue pets are already home-trained, which means you aren’t just saving a pet’s life, you might be saving your rug. Adopting an adult pet doesn’t just give older pets a second chance, it often means introducing them to your family will be much easier.
6. Because all pets are good for you, but adoptees provide that extra boost.
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial for their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, and alleviate feelings of loneliness. And by adopting, you can also be proud to help a pet in need!
7. Because adoption helps more than an animal.
Overcrowded shelters welcome millions of stray, abused and lost animals each year. By adopting an animal, you make room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly to helping these shelters take better care of the animals they host!
8. Because you will change the world of a homeless animal.
And get a new best friend out of the business. Seriously, what could be better than that?
And there are plenty of options you could consider when and where to find your perfect pet. For more information contact Habersham Country Animal Care and Control or Habersham County Humane Society
Additionally, pets can be trained as service animals for the blind and for people with PTSD and other mental illnesses. They are also trained to support the police and the army.
Loss and grief like no other
“When we lose a loved one, human or animal, the attachment is physically broken while the heart and mind are still engaged in love. This is sorrow. The loss of something or someone important that can never be replaced. We can love other pets in the future just as we can love other people. However, the one we lost is gone forever. – Dr. Steven T. Davidson, Counselor and Certified Therapist
We lost our Shepherd Bella about two months ago. It was hard. My husband and I cried for days after she left us. We think about her every day. I took the opportunity to write a tribute to him because it helped me in the grieving process.
My mother died in my arms. My son almost died at the age of five from bacterial meningitis. My younger sister died of breast cancer. I lost my father a few years ago. My husband recently lost his sister.
Like all of you, dealing with death or family medical trauma is never easy. Nor is the loss of a pet. In our world, a pet is family.
Bella was a baby when she became a member of our family over 12 years ago. A white furry German Shepherd ball from our son, Robert, selected from a litter of eight.
She grew up to be a beautiful, intelligent and loyal member of our family. She was Bella, Sweet Pea and the “Baby”.
My husband and I grew up with pets, but Bella was truly our first for the family.
Even when our son Robert was away at Georgia State he would come home for visits and she was thrilled. He could whisper to her and she obeyed his orders. Us, not so much.
A few months ago, Robert moved to Chicago. Right before she left, we discovered a hot spot and took her to the vet. Through routine blood tests, they diagnosed that she also had high levels of liver enzymes.
While receiving intravenous treatments, she developed a kennel cough, which led to a respiratory infection. As is often the case with older shepherds, she also had hip problems.
It was too much for her, I guess, and she left us.
The pain and bereavement are almost too much to bear. When she died she was lying on the cool den floor as she often did, as if taking a nap.
Our hearts hurt so much, but we will always remember his unconditional love for our family.
Robert recently said she was the perfect dog. That she was. We have lots of happy memories, including his nose prints on our patio door that I’m in no rush to clean up, and as a German Shedder I know we’ll find white dog hair for weeks or even longer. years to come.
Thank you Bella for your life of precious memories and for being such a special part of our family. We will always love you, my sweet girl!
For all of you who have ever lost a pet, a beloved member of the family, I know you understand.
“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel with animals. It’s a cycle like no other. To those who have never experienced its turns and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts knowingly that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how little we pay for what we receive; our sorrow, however powerful, is an insufficient measure of the joy that has been given to us. -Suzanne Clothier, dog trainer and author